All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. ~Abraham Lincoln
Matka, Mor, Mère. Maman, Mutter, Mother, Mom. Whatever language you speak or what nickname you have, the meaning of the word is still the same. It’s what we call that person that gave each and every person on earth life. Moms work tirelessly and often thanklessly 24/7 to care for their family. So we set aside one day every year on the calendar to celebrate moms.
History of Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day as we know it was first celebrated in 1908 when Anna Jarvis, social activist, held a memorial for her mother. It was Anna’s mother. Ann Reeve Jarvis, who created the Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues shortly after the American Civil War. Ann Reeves Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the war.
Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honor all mothers because she believed that they were “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world”.
How Do We Celebrate Mother’s Day
Recognized as a national holiday in the United States as well as celebrated worldwide, Mother’s Day the second Sunday every May. This year, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14th.
You might go a traditional route by buying your mother a gift or doing something special with her for the day but there are many ways to say thanks and show appreciation.
- Handmade gifts
- Favorite food or dessert
- Doing mom’s chores for the day
- Taking mom out to lunch or dinner
- Watching a movie, live play or musical event
- Going to a salon for a day of pampering
Check out this sentimental article from Reader’s Digest for 12 Short, Sweet Stories About Moms.
One thing to do is to consider is visiting the final resting place of our mothers and grandmothers that may have passed. Many retail stores sell flower arrangements specifically for headstones. Take the family and teach your children about their ancestors.
How do you celebrate Mother’s Day with your mom and family? Do you have a special tradition? Tell us about it in the comments!